It’s supposed to save you money. Choosing to complete that project yourself, apart from earning you a good pat on the back should always save you money. The idea of DIY is that you save money on the labour costs of hiring a professional. Sometimes, DIY costs can turn into a nightmare if you don’t keep a close eye on your spend. Here are expert tips on keeping DIY costs down on your way to your dream home.
Plan everything to the last detail
Planning your DIY projects poorly can make you lose track of the finer details, which will inevitably lead to you breaking your budget. Make sure you plan and research each part thoroughly before you jump in.
Understand and define exactly what the job is, what tools you need and honestly assess if you’re qualified to carry it out. It’s amazing how minor things you hadn’t thought of can creep up halfway through a project’s completion.
For example, do you need an entire toolbox, or should you simply borrow a screwdriver and a hacksaw which is all you’ll need?
Get professional advice early
It may be wise to get professional advice especially during the planning stage. The last thing you want is for you to run our of materials, or come across a problem you should be prepared for but aren’t.
A professional has the benefit of years of experience and should be able to plug potential loop holes in your plan. If you need to apply for planning permissions or other regulatory approvals from your local council, they will also advise on the necessary steps to take.
Check the terms and conditions of your home insurance
Obviously, repairing the kids bedroom shouldn’t affect your insurance. But knocking down a wall to create more space or reinstalling a new bathroom yourself certainly will. Any jobs that require a change in the floor plan of your home would require a conversation with your insurers. Accidents can happen, you could hit a drainage pipe or cause a plumbing leak that may not be covered by your insurer.
Some jobs aren’t DIY
We must emphasise that if a job requires rewiring electrics or working with gas or your boiler in anyway, it’s advisable not to take them on yourself. In fact, it may even be illegal to do so. You could seriously jeopardise your safety and the safety of those in your home if you make a gas or electrics related mistake. Research shows that Britons can spend up to £2,000 on average hiring professionals to fix botched DIY jobs. In the interest of safety and keeping DIY costs down, be careful.
Keep DIY Costs low by taking advantage of sales
Finally, with black Friday and Christmas offers coming up, DIY home and gardening stores are holding massive sales you can take advantage of. There’s no better way to keep DIY costs down than by taking advantage of sales. Even if you’re not ready to start your project, browse through the online and in store sales so you can purchase necessary materials and tools and put them away for later.
When the temperature outside falls below zero, your boiler and heating system can get affected. In fact, when you need your boiler and heating the most the condense pipe of the boiler can get frozen. If the condense pipe of your boiler is too small or isn’t insulated properly, chances are high that it will freeze because of the water residue that stays in the pipe when you use your heating.
Every year we get countless of calls when the first proper cold hits the city. Many customers experience that their boiler is not working and the fault code often indicates that there’s an issue with the condense pipe, which has frozen. Naturally, this will stop the boiler from working because the condensation has nowhere to get out of the system.
If this happens to you, our advice for a temporary fix is to pour some hot water either down the pipe or on the pipe to melt the ice. Then restart you boiler and turn on the heat again. Repeat the procedure if the ice hasn’t melted.
This type of failure should however not be happening at all, and does not happen where we have installed the boilers. The reason it happens is that the condense pipe is the wrong size, in that case a a bigger pipe should be fitted. The problem could also be solved by insulating the external section of the condense pipe. To fix this problem permanently, contact your plumber to get the condense pipe replaced or insulated.
Call us on 02073502511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need our help.
1 BOILER = 1 TREE
Trees for Cities will plant a tree for every boiler you install with us.
Ever since we started this company 15 years ago, our driving motto has been to take care of our customers. To deliver the best possible service, add value and do our bit to make our customers lives better. We’ve always known that we work in an industry that is by its very nature, carbon negative.
Now, much has been done by the UK government and most boiler manufacturers to increase the energy efficiency of gas boilers. Most new boilers are up to 70% more efficient than they were 50 years ago. But the negative impact of heating appliances are still the second largest contributor to a household’s carbon footprint.
We’ve decided to do something about it.
We will plant a tree for every boiler you install with us.
It’s important to us to become a sustainable business. So we’re doing as much as we can. We don’t want our existence to be fundamentally harmful to our environment. That’s why we’ve decided to partner with Trees for Cities. With every boiler we install, we will plant a tree. That’s our commitment. We will do something, even if the problem of climate change is too big for us to tackle, we believe everyone should take small steps and do something.
Our Partnership with Trees for Cities
Trees for cities are the only UK charity working both nationally and internationally to create greener cities. So far, they’ve planted 801, 351 trees.
As well as working to make cities greener, they also do significant work to educate children about their environment and healthy eating. They’ve worked to educate more than 11,200 school children about trees and ways they could contribute to a healthy environment.
Over to you
Now it’s your turn. Installing a boiler with us means that you’re planting a tree to offset your carbon footprint. Get a quote now to see what your boiler will cost and you can leave the tree planting to us.
If you want to match our pledge to save the planet one tree at a time, visit Trees for cities and click the donate button to contribute to planting more trees. Hey, it’s a great idea for a birthday gift.
An eco friendly bathroom is one step you can take towards making your lifestyle more environmentally friendly. Living in an eco friendly home might seem daunting, but it’s much simpler than you think.
Follow these six steps and your home will be greener and energy-efficient, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.
Eco friendly bathroom tips
Make small lifestyle tweaks to save water
Firstly, there are many small habits you can adopt. By turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, you could save over 900 litres1 of water each month.
Other small changes you can make to reduce water waste include:
Use the dishwasher only when it is full.
Stop running the tap until it is cold. Instead, keep a bottle of water in the fridge and opt for a shower instead of a bath.
Plus, many water companies offer free products to help you save water. Thames Water offers products like shower-heads, timers and tap inserts.
Choose products suitable for an eco friendly bathroom
Always consider what cleaning products you use and how they affect the environment. Simply paying attention to the things you buy can make a huge difference. Replace toxic chemicals with homemade or eco-friendly ones. Ecover for example, aims to use all natural ingredients in its products. To save money, use things you can find around your kitchen anyway. Lemon, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar are acidic to some degree so they will clean effectively.
Consider getting a new toilet
Older toilets can use over 30 litres2 of water with every flush. Replace your toilet with a low-flow toilet and it will save thousands of litres each year. Also, research shows that with a dual flush, the average family saves around 80 litres3 daily.
Ditch the disposables
Next, avoid disposables to save tons of money and avoid waste. Instead, use eco friendly bathroom products. Replace products like paper towels, disposable wipes, single use plastic bottles with towels, rags and refill bottles. Even female sanitary products can be replaced. Byusing an eco friendly period cup, you’ll save money and reduce waste which ends up in the ocean. Many companies offer refillable containers to reduce the amount of waste. For example, lush allow you to recycle their plastic containers. Once you’ve collected five facial mask containers you can get one free. L’Occitane en Provence offer eco refill shampoos to reduce the amount of plastic thrown away.
Dodge the damp
Next, keep your bathroom air clean. Excess humidity can cause mould, so keep windows open or install ventilation. You’ll then be able to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals you need to use.
Get a new boiler installed
Old boilers guzzle up energy, are expensive to run and need repairs more often. But replacing your old boiler with a new boiler, will save money and energy.
Our Worcester Bosch boiler guarantee is the longest on the market. We also provide customers with a number of financing options, to make your green journey even easier.
Also, look out for our new initiative launching soon. Installing your boiler with us will make you even more eco friendly than ever.
Bathroom condensation: damp walls in the bathroom are perfect breeding grounds for bacterial mould. Mould (also called mildew) is an unsightly fungus that develops on top of walls, as well as burrowing beneath a wall’s surface, often causing a structure to crumble, or paint and wallpaper to peel. Health issues, such as respiratory infections, allergies and asthma, can also arise as a result of mould, with babies, children and elderly people being most susceptible.
How does bathroom condensation occur?
Bathroom condensation is the result of hot air colliding with cold walls.
It’s common to notice dripping walls after taking a hot shower or bath, but most cases occur in the wintertime when we ramp up the central heating to counteract the chill our homes suffer from the cold winds and temperatures outside.
How to prevent bathroom condensation
There are a number of preventative measures that you can take to reduce condensation forming in your bathroom, including:
Repaint walls with specialist, low-moisture paint.
When running a bath, run the cold tap first. This will dilute the hot water so it won’t sit around heating up your bathroom for too long.
Keep your bathroom window open for as long as possible before, during and after your bath or shower.
Install an extractor fan to get rid of steam.
Try to maintain a constant temperature inside your home to avoid the erratic mixture of cold and warm air.
When it gets misty, wipe down your radiators and towel heaters to bring more drying heat in to your bathroom.
Use an old towel to dry your walls whenever condensation occurs.
Don’t dry wet clothes on your radiators or towel warmers because this will circulate moist air around the room.
Leave a small gap between any furniture and your walls so as not to trap warm air in the spaces.
Check that your guttering and down pipes are not damaged or blocked, thus prevented from carrying water away.
If these tips do not reduce condensation, a bathroom repair may be necessary. Under such circumstances, always enlist the assistance of a plumbing professional to prevent putting your safety at risk, or causing further damage.
Even though temperatures have cooled dramatically this weekend, the heatwave is set to return with a vengeance this week as temperatures climb back up to 30º C this Friday. Experts are predicting higher than normal temperatures over autumn, its more important than ever that we look after ourselves while it’s super hot. In Britain, homes are designed to keep us warm, so we have to take extra care to avoid health risks.
Stay hydrated in the heatwave
The first and most important, is to stay hydrated during the heatwave. It may seem obvious but you’ll be sweating a lot and all that water lost needs to be replaced. Especially when travelling on the tube, make sure you carry a refillable bottle of water with you that you can take sips from throughout the day. Avoid single use plastic bottles – they’re harmful to the environment.
Buy a fan
Whether hand held, table or standing, investing in a fan may actually come in handy over the long term. It’s no secret, the earth is heating up, so it’s likely heatwaves may become the new norm. For extra cool in the air, but a bowl full of ice in front of the fan while it’s on.
Wear Sunscreen, it’s a heatwave!
While this might seem like an extra thing to do before leaving your house in the morning, keep your factor 50 because you’ll be needing it a lot more. It’s been the hottest summer since 1976 so far. While it’s fun to hang around in the sun, heat stroke and sunburn aren’t any fun, so take care of yourself.
Stay out of the sun
While we can complain about the “nanny state” in the UK for telling us last week to “stay out of the sun”. But there is a point to it. There’s a reason warmer countries like Spain have siestas. High temperatures in this heatwave can be particularly dangerous for older people, the young and those with long term health conditions. On particularly hot days, stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its highest point.
Buy a cooling Pillow
Yes, they exist. Ever flipped your pillow over for that “aahhhh” feeling during a hot summer’s night? Then this is just right for you. They’re available on amazon.
Eat foods with a high water content
Eating ice cream on a hot day might seem like the obvious thing to do. But it may actually make you feel worse afterwards. Your body gives off a lot of heat while it’s working hard to break down rich foods like ice cream. Refreshing options are things like cucumbers, strawberries, watermelons, sweet bell peppers and celery.
The point is, enjoy yourself, but keep things cool.
Things to consider:
Whether your turn your boiler off in the summer or not depends entirely on what you normally use your boiler for throughout the colder months. It may be a good way to save on your bills, but is it worth it practically?
According to this article from boilerguide, there are a few things to consider:
– If your shower is electric, you won’t need your boiler for hot water.
– Your appliances and white goods e.g dishwasher and washing machine need to be cold fill.
This means that they generate their own hot water.
– Make sure you get your boiler serviced regularly, especially if you plan to turn it off.
The full article can be found on boilerguide.co.uk.
Dusty pink or else called “millennial pink” or “rose quartz” was the colour of the year for 2017, 2016 or as far back as 2014 depending on who you ask. No doubt this colour has been about for a while. Even though it’s reached its peak in 2018, what happens to all of us who went out and bought dusty pink furniture, painted our walls pink, or changed all our bed linen to some variation of dusty freakin’ pink? We’ve collected pics from all over the web showing different ways to update your use of pink throughout your home.
Dusty Pink and Grey Bedroom
This bedroom uses pink to contrast the main white and grey colours. Pink doesn’t necessarily have to be overwhelming. Just a touch of it can go a long way. Here, a blanket is enough.
Dusty Pink and Grey Living Room
This living room is another great example of a style that uses touches of pink, rather than making it the main colour. There are also hints of metallic rose gold, which achieves the same effect, with a different spin.
Pink and Grey Art
Sometimes art is all you need to introduce this colour into your living room’s style.
This all pink room does the business. It’s a great idea for a guest bathroom, where the loud but not overwhelming colours can be a nice surprise, an escape even. Using different shades of the same colour achieves this effect.
Here a delicate balance is achieved using grey, pink and teal.
Dusty Pink Furniture and Walls
Finally, this simple, modern design uses varying shades of pink to bring the room together
If it’s disruptive to you, imagine what it’s like for your neighbours.
You chose to get your house renovated, and at the end of it you get a nice new bathroom. Or a nice new kitchen, or a nice new kitchen, or a toasty new boiler. Your neighbours get nothing but noise, loud builders and ugly scaffolding for the length of your project.
We’ve collected tips from everywhere on how you can avoid being an annoying neighbour when renovating carrying out building work on any part of your home.
Inform your neighbours first.
Depending on how disruptive the work is, this informative process could be anything from a polite note through the door to a knock on the door, to an invite to tea.
Take pictures of everything before and after.
Especially if you and the work may affect your neighbours. Consider this particularly if you have adjoining walls. There’s nothing like before and after pictures to establish responsibility over things that could go wrong.
Give regular updates.
If anything changes, make sure to let your neighbour know. If some work was meant to take 2 weeks and you find it will overrun, let your neighbours know.
Not just the one next door.
Yeah, it’s easy to forget, but the people who live behind and across the street from you are your neighbours too. So include them when you think about your neighbours.
If you’re the new guy/gal, be diplomatic.
Remember that your neighbour doesn’t know you and you don’t know them. They have no reason to give you the benefit of the doubt and they don’t care that your house will look better when this is all over. In these instance, remember that the diplomacy and just being thoughtful can go a long way.
The basic summary of this article is this – if you want to avoid drama with your neighbours, being thoughtful is key. A simple invite for tea and keeping everyone informed can go a long way to helping you avoid added agro you don’t need while running your renovation.
Tips for luxury Living
Luxury is less about what you spend than how you feel. You can make you living room feel more like a luxury hotel with these 9 simple tips.
Make Luxury Statements
Choose a statement coffee table that looks expensive. It may look expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s amazing what you can find if you wander through thrift shops and Saturday markets. You can find re – purposed or vintage furniture that
A statement wall will also do the job of making your living room look insanely expensive. Statement walls are designed to draw the eye, and they’ll make you feel like your home was styled by an artist! Make statements using art, mirrors or even plants.
Standing lamps and study or reading corners make a statement about how you live. A corner to relax in can actually in itself be relaxing and luixrious.
Metallics are in style right now. Adding copper or gold touches to your living room can give a feeling of luxury chic.
Key retro pieces can also make a serious luxury statement. They say that you’re clued up and confident in your own style.
Luxury is all about comfort. But too often when it comes to cushions, we focus on picking different colours. Use a mix of patterns, colours and textures to change things up. It will go a long way towards that warm, comfortable home that’s worth living in.
We’ve talked extensively about plants and how they make a difference to the feel of your home.
Travelled recently? Picked up a sculpture or two from a market in Casablanca or an art fair in Accra? Don’t leave them in your loft or storage cupboard, add them to your living room strategically to help you go down luxury lane from time to time.